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Artistic label snags design award

In June, Martin Brothers Salad Dressings won the American Advertising Federation Award Citation of Excellence for Package Design for its artistic treatment of salad dressing labels.

Each flavor of the gourmet dressings features a different colorful illustration of Beatrix Potter-esque rabbit characters by artist Sarah Higdon.

The Austin TX-based Martin Brothers has been selling the dressings in the Austin area for eight years but hired Cindy Goldman Design (Austin TX) to redesign the label last year. The label a 60-lb glossy paper stock is flexo-printed in four colors by Hyde Park Label (Austin TX).

These striking labels are a far cry from their predecessor: metallized paper with simple graphics printed in just two colors. The new design costs 50% more to produce says Jeff Martin CEO and co-owner of Martin Brothers. But he adds that volume and sales are also up 50% so the extra costs are well worth it.

Martin says the pack-aging was essential to communicate the gourmet upscale quality of the salad dressings. "It's the highest-quality dressing on the market and it has the best flavor. But because it's at a higher price point consumers need to know that before they try it" Martin says. "Packaging is hopefully what will get them to buy the first bottle."

Available in upscale grocery stores such as Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats Market Martin Brothers Salad Dressings have West Coast and Midwest distribution with East Coast distribution to begin in a year. The retail price is $3.99 to $4.79 depending on the market.

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